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 525 N. State Street · Suite 4 · Alma, MI 48801 
(989) 463-1422

Dad is the voice that urges kids to go higher, and says, " I know you can do it! Why don't you get up and try again?"

- Dale Sadler, Parent Blogger
In This Issue
About Us 

Child Advocacy is a non-profit agency with a mission to improve the welfare of children and their families through education, training, and support for the prevention of substance abuse and child abuse and neglect.

 Our Staff
Audra Stahl 
President & CEO 
Pam Mahin
Office Manager
Ty Warczinsky 
GCSAC Program Director
Sara Krebs 
Coalition Coordinator 
 Richelle Davis 
Prevention Educator
Michelle Zombeck 
 CASA Program Director    
Heather Therrien  
CAC Program Director
Nicole Showers
CAC Case Manager

Mallory Harrier
CAC Intake Coordinator
Staci Bigelow
Event/Volunteer Coordinator

Morgan Rooy
CAN Program Director 
Board of Directors  

Carolyn Studley
Community Represenative
Vice President 
Matt Schooley
City of Alma Transportation
Jennifer Stambaugh
DeafBlind Central
Sara Bonacci
Sara Bonacci Photography
Steve Benn
MI State Police

Wendy Currie 
Mid MI District Health Dept

Colleen Davis
Prosecuting Attorney's Office 
Jim Dubey
Garr Tool

Rob DuHadway
DuHadway Dance Dimensions 

Tammy Halfmann
Mercantile Bank

David Justin
 Alma School Board
Jennifer Leppien

John Morey

Mike Morris
Detective/Sgt. Gratiot Co. Sheriff's Dept. 
Alison Morrison
Dept. of Health and Human Services 
Jamie Richardson
Doehring Schultz Insurance Agency

Jennifer Siefker
Tri Lakes Petroleum
Steve Vernon
 Gratiot Integrated Health Network

Wes Wickes
Central MI Youth for Christ

Mark Williams
Alma Police Depart.

Joe Yourchock
Community Representative


Seat Safety


Did you know that at Child Advocacy we can install and provide a safety inspection for your child safety seat?  Child Advocacy has a nationally certified safety seat technician available!
To make an appointment call
 or 800-552-4489
Permanent Prescription Drug Drop Off
Gratiot Co. Sheriff
226 E. Center
open 24 hrs./day
7 days/week
Alma Police Dept.
525 E. Superior St.
8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Breckenridge Police Dept.
 104 E. Saginaw St.
8:00 a.m.- 5:00  p.m.
Monday - Friday
St. Louis Police Dept.
108 W. Saginaw St.
Mon. 7 - 3 
Tues. - Fri. 8 - 4 
These sites accept
prescription pills and patches.
Program Needs

Gas Cards 
to help cover the cost for medical travel to Grand Rapids or help with transportation of foster children.

Gift Cards to Walmart and Meijer to purchase the specific needs of a child. 
Drawing Paper


New Children's Books


Games for younger children to play

Capri Sun Juice Box's

Bottled Water

Community donations help the quality of our programs and are greatly appreciated. Donations can be made directly at Child Advocacy or by contacting our office. (989) 463-1422

Your Feedback!

Thank you for letting me visit your program on 4/13/17. You have a great facilitation style. The kids were totally engaged. (even at 8 a.m.)

Kari Gulvas
Mid State Health Network

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Happy Fathers Day and welcome summer!

Child Advocacy is staffed all summer long if you need assistance on parenting topics, car seat safety, or would like to check something out of our lending library!

Child Advocacy Staff
Check out our website .
Summer Hours
Starting the week of June 13  
Monday - Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Limited staff on Fridays, please call ahead.

Children's Advocacy Center 
Support Groups
By: Heather Therrien
CAC Program Director
In addition to providing forensic interviews and advocating on behalf of child abuse victims and their families, the Children's Advocacy Center of Gratiot County (CAC) serves as a hub for connecting victims and caregivers with specialized resources and services that help put them on a path to healing. Two of those resources are Youth Yoga Days and the Caregiver Support Group; both free of charge.
Youth Yoga Days are set up specifically for children and caregivers that may have or have experienced abuse, neglect, trauma or stress.  It is a playful way for children and caregivers to learn how to be the "boss" of their bodies, to tolerate extreme emotions and to find focus in their minds for sustained periods of time. Yoga Days is available to all caregivers and children who have visited the CAC.
In early 2017, the CAC began hosting a support group for parents and caregivers of children who have experienced the trauma of abuse. When a child visits the CAC and discloses abuse, caregivers are provided with meeting information and offered the opportunity to join. This support group was established to help caregivers strengthen coping skills, exchange useful information and resources, share experiences and contribute to helping others in the group.
The Children's Advocacy Center team routinely explores innovative support initiatives that might benefit children and caregivers who visit the CAC.
2017 5K Results

A BIG thank you to everyone who participated, sponsored, and/or volunteered at the 5K Superhero Event!  
Kids Fun Run Results
Overall Female -  Trinity Bergey 8:03
Overall Male -  Thomas Larson 6:48
5K Walk Results
Overall Female - Mara Porritt 43:05
Overall Male - Bryan Crouch 36:01

5K Run Results
Overall Female - Sophia Bradley 20:15
Overall Male - Jameson Forshee 18:14

Click here  to view the full results.
Congratulations to all the winners!! 
7 Ways to Prevent Hot Car Death
By: Pam Mahin
Nationally Certified Child Safety Seat Technician

Even though it sounds inconceivable, there was a time when parents would regularly leave their children in the car alone. Whether it was to run into the grocery store or just because the parents didn't want to interrupt their nap, it happened more often than you would imagine. Although today's parents have more information about the risks associated with leaving a child in a parked car, it is still important to review the ways to prevent hot car deaths.

As the temperatures start to rise and car trips become more frequent, here are a few ways you can help prevent hot car deaths.

*Always look in the back seat

*Leave something you need in the back seat

*Check in on anyone driving with your child - Make sure the child was dropped off at daycare/school.

*Have an absentee plan with your daycare - Have them call you if the child hasn't arrived by a certain time.

*Don't assume cooler weather is safe - A car's interior can heat up by 40 degrees within an hour.

*Keep car keys away from small children - Children are curious and have been known to sneak into cars to play.

*Take action - If you ever come across a child alone in a car, immediately call 9-1-1.

As of today, there have been 7 children in the United States this year that have died as a result of being left in the vehicle.  All of these deaths could have been prevented.
Child Advocacy Banquet 2017
Congratulations to Cathy Timmons -  
2017 Child Advocate of the Year!

Congratulations to the Gratiot County Department of Health and Human Services - 2017 Child Advocate Organization of the Year!

Congratulations to St. Louis Marathon - 2017 Substance Abuse Prevention Compliance Award!

United Way Check Presentation to Child Advocacy for Matching Money Mondays Campaign, Thank you United Way!
Scheduled Classes

Foster/Adoptive/Relative Care Support Group
Tuesday, June 13
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
East Superior Christian Church - Alma
Please call our office at (989) 463-1422 to register for the class.
Gratiot County Substance Abuse Coalition Meeting
Monday, June 12
1:00 p.m.
RESD - Ithaca , MI 
Please call Sara at 989-463-1422 with any questions
Happy Summer!

A special thank you to all of you who attended our annual banquet in May.  We always appreciate your support throughout the year and at all of our events!  We have some big news coming your way, so stay tuned for updates and exciting information throughout the summer.  Please follow us on Facebook at Child Advocacy - Gratiot County for up to date information.

Have a safe and happy summer!

Audra Stahl
President & CEO